LPM 1382 Black Label Dog On Top
Side 1. Rip It Up / Love Me / When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again / Long Tall Sally / First In Line / Paralyzed
Side 2. So Glad You're Mine / Old Shep / Ready Teddy / Anyplace Is Paradise (when i'm with you) / How's The World Treating You / How Do You Think I Feel
This LP was on Billboard's Hot 100 chart in October 1956, at the number 1 position for five weeks, and eleven weeks at the number 2 slot, remained on the chart for thirty two weeks
This LP was released in the UK by RCA, HMV CLP 1105, and was released as Rock'n'Roll, volume 2, it was released in the UK in April 1957 and would go on to reach the number 3 position on the chart
Elvis's first album was a mixture of Sun recordings and new RCA material, and was the work of a rising star. By the follow up album later that year, Elvis was officially the hottest thing to his the music business since Sinatra, he was making his first movie "Love Me Tender", so this meant that the recording session for the album had to be done in the three days over the Labour Day holiday weekend.Elvis' best studio work was always the result of collaboration with his producers or engineers. From Sam Philips he learned the value of patience and persistence, and to prioritise the feel of a record over technical perfection. Hollywood's Radio Recorders had a reputation, much of it was down to the engineer Thorne Nogar, who provided the kind of feel Elvis needed in the studio, he was straight talking, unpretentious and accommodating.
The first song to make the album had already been recorded on January 30th 1956 during Elvis' first RCA sessions in New York. Written by Arthur Crudup a song called "So Glad You're Mine", what a treat we get here, Elvis is in fine voice, and with the loose kind of sleazy drumming from D.J Fontana and the great piano playing from Shorty Long.
The first day of these new sessions kicked off at 1pm on September 1st 1956, there was no keyboard player hired for the session so Elvis took to the piano, and after a warm up, the ban recorded "Playing For Keeps" a new ballad from Stan Kesler (I Forgot To Remember To Forget & I'm Left, Your Right, She's Gone) and would become the B-side for "Too Much", after that, Bones Howe played a succession of demo acetates provided by Hill & Range's Freddy Bienstock. If Elvis Liked one, he would touch the top of his head ("again from the top"); if he didn't he drew his finger across his throat ("kill that one"), one that got through was a song from the song writing team Leiber & Stoller, a song call "Love Me", which the due had originally intended as something of a hillbilly song. Elvis' version rid the song of any irony, and after nine takes is one of the albums highlights. They then tried a song by Otis Blackwell ("Don't Be Cruel") "Paralyzed" was the track but they aborted it after only one take, next is an old R&B no.1 hit for Ivory Joe Hunter in 1950, " I Need You So" but this suffered the same fate, so Elvis returns to the past with a country ballad "How Do You Think I Feel",recorded by Jimmy Rodgers Snow in 1955, although the track make the album it has an unpolished feel to it, it sounds like an outtake or a jam, the only thing committed to this song is Elvis' voice. The fourth track of the day is "How's The World Treating You", an Eddy Arnold cover, a heartbreaking country ballad and Elvis gives a tender performance.
Day two starts with Elvis dipping into the past again for inspiration, "When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again", is a hit from the 1940's, and as with "Love Me" the song closes with a gorgeous harmony from Elvis and The Jordanaires. Next they tackle "Long Tall Sally", and produce a good natured version, unlike the manic but masterful version we get from Little Richard, he the follows this up with the country tearjerker "Old Shep",the first take proved to be the master. They now returned to "Paralyzed", and they managed to get a master, by splicing two takes.
The first track on the third day was "First In Line", there is sincerity in Elvis' voice, but the sound seems out of place, and it took 27 takes to secure, and with no new material left, the session finished of with two Little Richard songs, "Rip It Up" & "Ready Teddy", only "Rip It Up" made on to the album, Elvis does a gusty and fine version on both tracks.
With the sessions over Elvis returned to the set of "Love Me Tender", in those three days of recording he had produced a future no.1 album and shows us the depth of his talent and his single-mined dedication that effectively saw him act as his own producer
Rip It Up - Recorded September 3rd 1956, Radio Recorders, Hollywood
Love Me - Recorded September 1st 1956, Radio Recorders, Hollywood
When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again - Recorded September 2nd 1956, Radio Recorders, Hollywood
Long Tall Sally - Recorded September 2nd 1956, Radio Recorders, Hollywood
First In Line - Recorded September 3rd 1956, Radio Recorders, Hollywood
Paralyzed - Recorded September 3rd 1956, Radio Recorders, Hollywood
So Glad You're Mine - Recorded January 30th 1956 at RCA Studio 1, New York
Old Shep - Recorded September 2nd 1956, Radio Recorders, Hollywood
Ready Teddy - Recorded September 3rd 1956, Radio Recorders, Hollywood
Anyplace Is Paradise - Recorded September 2nd 1956, Radio Recorders, Hollywood
How's The World Treating You - Recorded September 1st 1956, Radio Recorders, Hollywood
How Do You Think I Feel - Recorded September 1st 1956, Radio Recorders, Hollywood
Radio Recorders, Hollywood
RCA Studios, New York City
Elvis Presley - Vocals, Guitar
Scotty Moore - Guitar
Bill Black - Bass
D.J. Fontana - Drums
Gordon Stoker, Shorty Long (New York) - Piano
The Jordanaires - Vocals
US - 1
UK - 4
US - October 1956
UK - April 1957